This week’s events: Bond, blood drives, and beer dinners

By: - Monday, Apr 14, 2014 - 7:02pm

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You’re going to need something to do this week once you’ve filed your taxes and finally catch up on your Sunday-night DVR backlog. (This season of “Call the Midwife” is insane, right?) So catch a documentary, take in opening night at the theatre, give blood in exchange for pizza, or chase oysters with beer.

* The DocYard series at the Brattle Theatre screens the documentary ”Town Hall” following two Pennsylvania Tea Party activists fighting against healthcare reform. So it’s a little like when I watch the NFL Network replay of a Patriots game when I already know they lost. The filmmakers will be on hand for Q&A following the screening. 4.14. 7 p.m., $10

* A James Bond-themed variety show at a record store? Sure, why not. The Monday night music series at Central Square’s Weirdo Records celebrates the lives, loves and legacies of 007 through music, comedy, dance, and more. You haven’t even really seen a Bond movie until you’ve seen one of the original 35mm film prints. They just look warmer. 4.14. 8 p.m., $5

* Giving blood is great, but you need to replace that blood with something, and hey, tomato sauce is red and liquid-y and delicious on pizza so that’ll work (I am not a healthcare professional). Grab a slice on Tuesday after donating at Pizza Pie-er Day at the MGH Blood Donor Center. 4.15. 10:30 a.m. FREE

* Huffington Post co-founder Arianna Huffington talks about the future of digital media at this year’s Tufts Murrow forum, because nothing upholds Edward R. Murrow’s journalistic legacy like hiring legions of unpaid writers to post slideshows of animals that are best friends. If you can’t make it just look for the video on HuffPo under the headline “Arianna Huffington Spoke at Tufts. You Won’t Believe What Happened Next.” 4.16. 12 p.m. FREE

* Leave it to a Harvard Square venue like The Sinclair to book a “smart” comedian, but the socio-political observations of W. Kamau Bell are seriously funny, which is probably why his late night show was canceled immediately. 4.16. 7:30 p.m. $20-22

* It’s opening night for the Actors Shakespeare Project’s production of As You Like It, one of the Shakespeare plays you probably didn’t read in high school, so if it seems familiar it’s because it was the basis for the classic ‘80s cross-dressing comedy “Just One of the Guys.” A fun thing to do sometimes if your friend trips or spills a drink is to say “Nice play, Shakespeare!” 4.17. 7:30 p.m. $28-50

* Island Creek Oysters and Sam Adams team up at Quincy’s Kama Lounge for the first in a series of New England Neighbors tasting events matching up local companies. The tapas and beer pairings menu serves up oysters pretty much any way you could want them: Raw, grilled, fried, Rockefeller, chowder’d, pumped through an IV drip, poached in the blood of a goat sacrificed to the Lord of Light, etc. Remember, just because oysters are a known aphrodisiac doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed any action at the end of the night. Like, if you eat and drink too much and vomit on your date’s front steps, unless she laughs and says “Nice play, Shakespeare!” and invites you in anyways, then she’s a keeper. 4.17. 7 p.m. $40